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Job posting: Haiti Software Developer, Medical Informatics

Posted by ellenball on January 26, 2011

Reports to:      Director of Software Development, Medical Informatics
Location:        Haiti, with additional time in Boston, Massachusetts

Organizational Profile:
Partners In Health is a non-profit corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, research, and advocacy, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those most in need, and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH currently has programs in Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and Boston.

PIH is part of the collaborative for OpenMRS, an open source electronic medical record system, and is the recipient of a grant from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) aiming to strengthen Haitian eHealth systems to support improved health care delivery.

Job Description Overview:
We are looking for a full-time Java EE developer to create functionality in OpenMRS for our sister organization in Haiti, Zamni Lasante (ZL). He or she will be working in a complex and fast-paced environment with experienced technical teams in both Haiti and Boston, travelling frequently between both locations.  In Haiti the developer will work closely with clinical, data entry and monitoring and evaluation teams at PIH/ZL in the design and implementation of the systems, and will mentor PIH/ZL software developers.  He or she may also serve in a mentorship role to other PIH/ZL IT staff.  This job combines exposure to leading developments in medical informatics in developing countries with the opportunity to have a direct impact on patient care in Haiti.

Primary Responsibilities:
1.      Design, develop, and support new features in OpenMRS based on needs identified by PIH/ZL.
2.      Bug fixes and improvements to existing features.
3.      Mentor less experienced programming staff to undertake projects of increasing complexity and to work with autonomy over time.
4.      Support clinical teams by improving tools to document and present patient-level data.
5.      Provide reporting tools for project monitoring and quality improvement.
6.      Support research teams by querying and exporting data for academic publications.
7.      Contribute modules and patches to the OpenMRS open source project.
8.      Take on additional work as required by PIH and PIH/ZL.
9.      Significant travel between Haiti and Boston.

1.      2+ years experience Java EE web application development.
2.      Fluent in English and French, experience in Haitian Creole a plus.
3.      Knowledge and experience in several of the following areas:
a.       Spring, Hibernate, MySQL, Tomcat, Eclipse, Linux.
b.      UI development skills including AJAX, JQuery, or other technologies.
c.       Test-Driven Development or Behavior-Driven Development.
d.      Design patterns and best practices.
e.       OpenMRS or other medical software.
4.      Strong communication and organizational skills and ability to work independently.
5.      Comfortable living and working in rural areas.
6.      Ability to take initiative and work with minimal direction.
7.      Exposure to issues relevant to public health and international development.
8.      A commitment to global health equity and social justice.



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Haiti Trip – Chloe’s last week

Posted by djazayeri on February 26, 2008

I just spent a short and hectic week in Haiti, getting to meet our new data manager Wislene, and doing some planning with Patrice, Chloe, and Louise, as we prepare for Chloe to leave us. We’ve always intended for the blan data manager position to be a temporary one. And Wislene seems very capable of taking over that role. But we did share a brief and heartfelt conversation: “I’m nervous.” “Me too.” Chloe, like Mary Montgomery before her, leaves some big shoes to fill.

My last trip to Haiti was a year ago, in February of 2007. Coming back exactly twelve months later gave me an opportunity to reflect on a few things:

We’ve come a long way in the last year
A year ago, Chloe wasted literally weeks every month comparing EMR-generated numbers numbers to the sites’ reported numbers, making sure that box 2 + box 3 = box 7 + box 8, and retyping all that into Excel.
Today the EMR just generates the Excel file with the right numbers. If that sounds a lot easier, it is.

Implementing new systems takes a lot of time
It took most of that intervening year to make all those changes, both on the programming end and the human end. You just have to accept that nothing is ever easy and quick, even obviously-beneficial changes.

The reporting system that Chloe, Mike, and I put together last year has changed everything
Really, it’s made all the difference. That and the countless hours that the Haitian data team has spent entering data.

Kompa dancing is fun
Not strictly related to the previous points, but it had to be mentioned. Someday I have to make it to Haiti for Carnival.

I feel confident
Perhaps I should be more worried, but I really am feeling confident that, if we can just get the Haitian team a few specific resources, they’ll have no problem doing an unexpected and very fast transition from having an expat data manager to doing that work within the team. A year ago I would have thought that was crazy talk. Did I mention we’ve come a long way in a year?

What was that about resources?
Funny you should ask: we need to get another couple data clerks, and a car.

As a side-note there have been two ground-shifting developments since my last Haiti trip:

  1. There’s cellphone coverage over the whole central plateau. On the downside I won’t be able to blame skype connections for my poor Creole skills when I talk to Wislene. There are probably upsides too.
  2. There’s a paved road up Mon Cabri. Remember that whole bit in Mountains Beyond Mountains about the dirt road? Well, it’s somewhat less true today.

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